He’s not the first Bills free agent signee to get a recommendation from Assistant head coach/Defense Rob Ryan. There have been others this offseason. But after having him play under him when he was defensive coordinator for three years, it was easy for Ryan to give his twin brother and the personnel department a full report on LB David Hawthorne.
Bills head coach Rex Ryan outlined how Hawthorne was given the Rob Ryan seal of approval.
“Obviously he had experience with him in New Orleans so he’s very familiar with him,” said Ryan of his brother’s rapport with Hawthorne. “Jerry Hughes played with him in college (at TCU). So that’s a good thing. Can he pick things up? I understand he’s a quick study so that’s going to help, and that’s important.”
Ryan said there’s plenty of carry over between his defensive scheme and the system his brother ran in New Orleans, so he’s optimistic that Hawthorne will feel comfortable in the Bills system in short order.
Rob Ryan has also recommended free agent signees Corey White and Sterling Moore, now cornerbacks in Buffalo’s secondary.
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